: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Thriller
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One
Synopsis can be found here.
Alright, I have a confession. I have some sick, morbid fascination with serial killers. I don't want to be one. I don't want to meet one. But if there is a show, on say A&E, Discovery, or any of those other stations that showcase True Crime documentaries, I will stop whatever I'm doing and watch it. It's real life horror, something you can't tear away from.
That is what reading I Hunt Killers is like.
Jazz's father is Billy Dent, now in prison for the rest of his life for the murders of over 100 men and women. Jazz lives with his mentally deteriorating grandmother and tries to shake his darker urges by forming attachments to Connie, his girlfriend and his best friend Howie.
But when murders start happening in his small town, what are the odds that another serial killer has moved in? Could it be Jazz isn't much different than his father?
The book asks the question: are we who are parents are. How much do we inherit from our families, and how much free will or choice do we have in the end.
Lyga does a wonderful job writing about Jazz, his darkest secrets and self loathing personality. His constant need for redemption not only for his own horrible thoughts but also for the sins committed by his father. A complex character, I was fascinated by Jazz and his journey, and which way he was going to go.
Howie is the comic relief best friend who is sweet and very funny. Jazz and Howie's dialogue is quick and relaxed, as best friends should be.
The story is dark, moves quickly and poses deeply sinister questions about character, nature and hunter vs. prey. Knowing you are higher on the food chain, knowing you could do it and get away with it, would you? And what would that mean?
There were a couple of things I found unbelievable, but they didn't hinder my appreciation of the story.
Not for the faint of heart, I Hunt Killers is a dark tale. Worth checking out.
Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend